Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2007 22:55 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE The fourth alpha release of OpenSUSE 10.3 has been released. "Inclusion of YaST Meta Packages handler; instLux allows users to start the Linux installation from Windows; we have removed zmd from the distribution and concentrate now on the tools opensuse-updater and zypper; TeX Live replaces teTex; first parts of KDE4svn entered Factory, its games are installed; 2.2; GNOME 2.18.1; improvements to our init script starter startpar to reduce boottime; first changes to support Sony PS3; Linux 2.6.21 with an updated AppArmor patchset."
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Excel Hearts Choi
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Yes, I too think better, more standardized configuration tools would allow for easier migration to linux. I have advocated ideas such as this with respect to package management, and this is the response I got: "Linux is about choice, and the moment you start to standardize you reduce choice, and you take away the very aspect which makes linux what it is."

Obviously, people take the "choice is good" mantra way too far. Like it or not, linux is driven by the commercial distributions. Novell, Red Hat, Mandriva and the like invest a lot of money into linux by employing people to work on Gnome, the kernel, KDE, etc. In trying to make profits, these companies differentiate themselves not only in the services they provide, but in the products that they offer. Because of this, Red Hat wastes time and money in developing Pirut/Pup when there are many other options from which to borrow in the OSS community. There is this perception that one must be different the competition. This is stupid in my opinion, but it explains why the major linux distributions only are willing to borrow and share to a certain extent.

So, to answer your question standardization (to some extent at least) won't happen until people realize that too much choice is bad and that companies stand to gain more when the differentiate themselves based upon quality of servies provided as opposed to software provided.

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